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The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl (夜は短し歩けよ乙女)

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Japan · 2017
1h 33m
Director Masaaki Yuasa
Starring Gen Hoshino, Kana Hanazawa, Aoi Yuki, Hiroshi Kamiya
Genre Comedy, Romance, Animation

An enchanting young schoolgirl, referred to as Kōhai, embarks on a night of endless partying, encountering a colorful cast of characters and casually accomplishing heroic tasks. Meanwhile, a young schoolboy referred to only as Senpai falls in love with her and tries desperately to get her attention.

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Paste Magazine by Andrew Crump

Yuasa doesn’t care much for substance, so beyond the film’s surface charms there’s not much to hang onto. But those surface charms are substance enough. Colorful, madcap, and surprisingly sweet, The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl is the best nocturnal romp you never had, and a dizzying reignition of rom-com formula.


Los Angeles Times by Charles Solomon

The film is alternately intriguing and frustrating. The visuals are often strikingly handsome and oddly funny. But the movements are stiff, the characters chatter endlessly, and the unnecessary songs bring the plot to a grinding halt.


Screen International by Kim Newman

Winning and confusing in equal measure, this Japanese animated feature is likely to attract devout admirers but also baffle a significant number of viewers.


Film Threat by Matthew Roe

Almost emblematic of the nonsense and insanity that pervades university campus life, Night Is Short, Walk On Girl is a fun and entertaining ride, though its dissatisfying conclusion and weak ability to transition between ideas may leave audiences feeling a little underwhelmed.

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